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Treatment and Survivorship

Why is it important?


Several factors affect cancer treatment and care in North Dakota. Issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Limited access to quality cancer care

  • Limited patient and provider knowledge

  • Insufficient patient-provider communication

  • Limited insurance coverage


Improvements in the early detection and treatment of cancer have led to more people living longer after being diagnosed with the disease. A cancer diagnosis remains a life-changing event for individuals and their family members, friends, and caregivers. People who have been diagnosed with cancer face a host of short- and long-term issues affecting their quality of life. There are still many areas to improve when it comes to increasing knowledge about survivorship needs, resources, and services available to North Dakotans.

Treatment and Survivorship Priorities

  1. Support and engage communities and those with health disparities in identifying and solving access to care issues.

  2. Support education for cancer patients, their families, and the general public about cancer survivorship plans, the importance of the plan, and how to access templates on reliable websites.

  3. Facilitate the exchange of information, utilizing survivorship care plans, among all healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer survivors.

  4. Support implementation of Commission on Cancer Survivorship requirements.

2016-2017 Workgroup Activities:

  • Assist with the development of the cancer patient survey focused on cancer patient treatment survivorship needs conducted in odd years. The survey functions as a Commission on Cancer requirement for Cancer Centers and provides valuable feedback to improve and implement survivorship services based on patient population.

  • Review of the treatment and survivorship chapters in the North Dakota State Cancer Plan and provide recommendations for revisions to the chapters.

  • Supported the work by the Comprehensive Cancer Control staff addressing access to cancer care for North Dakota American Indians.

  • Support the development of a Palliative Care Taskforce to assess needs and opportunities.

  • Develop and implement an education plan for primary care providers to utilize survivorship care plans with patients post-treatment.

  • Continue participation  in the development and implementation of the action plan focused on cancer care needs of North Dakota American Indians.

  • Continue work on revision of the treatment and survivorship chapters of the state cancer plan.


Contact for Workgroup Liaison:

Janna Pastir jlpastir@nd.gov